Other Great News This Week

The United States is going to retire most chimps from research. I wish it was all chimps, but it’s a great step. As some of you know, I can’t watch a movie or read a book if there’s any animal harm, even if the harm is completely fictional. When I think of animals in real research settings I get so upset I honestly wish there was a god so all the people involved in animal research would end up in hell, while all the animals would end up in Heaven.

I’m sorry animal researchers, and I know on one level some of you are really trying to do good work, but, well, you know the arguments. But maybe for you guys, purgatory. Don’t worry, I’ll be there with you because I’m no saint. You can berate me there.

A few days after that article this one appeared about understanding mortality by looking at chimps. How could anyone perform experiments on animals after reading this?

I took these shots of the furballs taking it easy on a Saturday afternoon. This is Finney …

And this is Bleeck. I woke him up to take the shot. He has such beautiful eyes.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “Other Great News This Week

  1. I know what you mean about animals, even fiction. I refuse to ever watch “Dances with Wolves” again because of what happened to both the dog and the horse. I did read “Marley and Me” but it was a true story and the demise was due to old age, so it wasn’t bad. Also, I have to say I read and loved “Racing in the Rain” even though there are some hard to take moments. I may not read it again, however. And I cried like a baby at the end, even though I knew it was coming.

  2. I am the same way about Dances with Wolves, otherwise a great movie, but I can’t watch it because of all the horrifying animal death. You’ve made me afraid to try Racing in the Rain!

  3. Well, the way “Racing in the Rain” starts, you know what’s coming by the end. It’s natural. There are just two episodes in the middle that are tough to read, but not involving death, so maybe it speaks to how well it was written. I don’t want to discourage you from reading it! I thought it was powerful and moving. Also, I cried so much because I was on the ragged emotional edge of finishing chemotherapy, even if it was a very moving passage. So yeah, get it from the library to start and see how it goes!

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